Catastrophic Injury Attorneys in New York
A catastrophic injury may be defined as any type of injury that has a serious, long-term effect on the victim. Catastrophic injuries generally require extensive – and expensive – medical care. A victim may also miss a great deal of work, resulting in a significant loss of earnings. Depending on the type of injury, the victim may suffer from a temporary or permanent disability that will affect his or her ability to return to work in the same field or even to return to work at all. In terms of psychological effects, a victim may suffer from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. All of these adverse consequences can take a toll on the victim and his or her family. A team of catastrophic injury attorneys can assist in these events.
Fortunately, those who have been seriously injured may be entitled to financial compensation via a personal injury lawsuit or even benefits under workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability Insurance. Experienced catastrophic injury attorneys at Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC can provide detailed information about the options available to you. You can contact our office for a free confidential consultation. In addition to offering a free initial case review, we take cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay no legal fees unless we win your case.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries and Their Causes
There are various different types of accidents and injuries that our catastrophic injury attorneys can assist with; these may have various causes. Some of the most common types include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Internal organ damage
- Multiple broken bones
- Amputation/loss of limb
- Vision or hearing loss
- Paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia
Some of the potential sources of these injuries include:
- Workplace accidents and injuries
- Recreational or professional sports
- Motor vehicle and car accidents
- Dog bites and other animal attacks
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective products
- Violent crimes (assault, rape, robbery, etc.)
Determining the exact cause of a severe injury is important, as this will determine which party can be held accountable. In a case involving a motor vehicle accident, for example, the driver of the other vehicle may have caused the collision because he or she ran a red light. In this case the victim may be able to work with catastrophic injury attorneys to seek complete financial compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings and emotional trauma from the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy. For serious injuries in work-related accidents, workers’ compensation may cover lost wages and medical care. A consumer injured by a defective product may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable by way of a product liability lawsuit. Even the victim of a violent crime may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the perpetrator. Taking the appropriate steps will help the victim recover the full and complete compensation and/or benefits to which he or she is entitled.
The Physical, Psychological & Financial Impact of a Serious Injury
The physical impact of a serious injury is evident. The victim may experience a great deal of pain and may require immediate medical care. Short or long-term disability is also possible. But what about the psychological and financial impact? A victim may suffer from lasting emotional trauma and could face a lifetime of medical care. A brain injury attorney can often get compensation to help you recover from these injuries. The financial impact of a catastrophic injury may be substantial due to medical bills, lost earnings, loss of future earnings and the need for continued medical care. Often times, in-home monitoring, treatment or care is needed.
Many brain injury victims often require extensive medical care. The cost for this care can be quite costly as it requires many specialized medical devices and drugs.
Serious catastrophic injuries could, and often times, do also result in death. In these cases, the family can bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
Why hire a personal injury lawyer?
Having a personal injury lawyer on your side in the fight for justice is a great help. A qualified and experienced law firm can ensure documents get filed on time and all injury claims get recorded accurately. If you or a loved one suffer a brain injury due to another's negligence or wrongdoing, you have the right to seek compensation. Head injuries are a serious matter and if they occurr, you need an experienced personal injury attorney who knows brain injury law.
Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC helps victims of catastrophic personal injuries caused by another’s negligence. We also handle workers’ compensation claims for those injured in work-related accidents and can assist the disabled in seeking Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if a serious injury has left them disabled and no longer able to work. Contact an injury lawyer today to find out how we can provide you with professional, personalized counsel.